Expert believes mortgage rates won't get as high as expected

Getty Images
A home loan expert believes interest rates on mortgages have peaked at the current level of between 5 and 6 percent.Yesterday, ANZ Bank cut the rate on its two-year fixed home loan special from 5.8 percent to 5.45 percent.

The move comes at a time when the Reserve Bank's official cash rate is on a steep climb.

The Official Cash Rate (OCR) was lifted to a six-year high of 2 percent in May, with the Reserve Bank government forecasting further rises to combat inflation.

Squirrel Mortgages chief executive John Bolton told Morning Report markets were expecting rates to not get as high as they thought two or three months ago. He said it was because of fears of a recession.

"All this bad news that's been flowing into our economy over the last sort of month or so has got reflected in future interest rates."

When asked if the Reserve Bank would take the foot off the throttle, Bolton said fixed rates were already pricing in increases in the OCR.

"It is going to keep going up and and the expectation was it was going to go up over 4 percent and it was going to get their quite quickly, but what's happening is the OCR is still going to increase but it's going to increase slower and probably won't get quite as high."

For mortgage holders, those longer term rates are sitting around 5.5 to 6 percent and that's sort of were rates will peak, Bolton said.

"The thought or worry about markets hitting 7 or 8 percent are completely overrated."

Our journalists are your neighbours

We are the South's eyes and ears in crucial council meetings, at court hearings, on the sidelines of sporting events and on the frontline of breaking news.

As our region faces uncharted waters in the wake of a global pandemic, Otago Daily Times continues to bring you local stories that matter.

We employ local journalists and photographers to tell your stories, as other outlets cut local coverage in favour of stories told out of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

You can help us continue to bring you local news you can trust by becoming a supporter.

Become a Supporter